Public Philosophy

Here are some of the philosophical pieces I’ve written for non-academic audiences.

 
 
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Two philosophers explain what Inside Out gets wrong about the mind (with Jackson Kernion)

Inside Out was a beautiful, fun Pixar movie. But its metaphysics of mind was bonkers. Click through to learn how Inside Out gets it wrong.

 
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Subway Spreading and Personal Space

Taking up too much room on the subway has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years under the label “manspreading.” But why does this spreading happen? And what does it have to do with men in particular?

 
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How (Not) to Fall Asleep

Why can falling asleep be so difficult? I’m not looking for a third-personal story of the causal factors that adversely affect sleep. I’m asking a slightly different question: what explains that truly infuriating first-personal experience of trying desperately and yet failing miserably to fall asleep?